Support for Parents during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Summer holiday provision: Parents looking for childcare over the summer should contact the Family Information Service – 020 8770 6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
E-Book – Everybody Worries
We understand that lots of children will feel worried during this time. This e-book can be shared with children of all ages and can support you in discussing Coronavirus with them. You can find this e-book by clicking here.
Speaking to your children
We have also attached a simple cartoon that you may wish to share with your child in order to help them understand what is currently happening COVID-19 Cartoon Story Please still explain the significance of the virus and the importance of washing hands for at least 20 seconds, as well as keeping a safe distance from others. You may also find the following guidance useful during this time – developmental trauma.
You may also wish to look at the following Parent Support Guide which offers further advice and support during this time. COVID-19 Parenting Support
Mentally Healthy Schools has created a free toolkit with resources and tips to help you address anxiety arising from these challenging times. It can be found here.
The London Borough of Sutton have also produced some supportive materials regarding Emotional Health and Well Being during this time, which can be found here.
We also know that many of you will be using social media and apps to communicate with friends and family during this time. Whilst these applications are essential in order to communicate with those that we know, unfortunately they can also pose risks. Here we have attached a parents guide from National Online Safety regarding a popular app called ‘House Party’. We hope that you will find this useful. NOS-Houseparty-App-compressed
Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.
ActionFraud reported a 400% increase in reports of coronavirus related fraud in March 2020. The reported frauds are varied and include:
- charity fraud
- online shopping fraud
- phishing emails
Further information is available on the ActionFraud website.
Periods of instability lead to increased pressure, which in turn may lead to reduced internal controls and management oversight, making organisations more vulnerable to fraud risks.
During these periods staff wanting to be helpful and flexible when dealing with suppliers can be more susceptible to targeted attacks from fraudsters, particularly around changes to payment details.
Remember, fraudsters can be very convincing, they are used to exploiting organisations and will have prepared thoroughly.
Organisations should continue to follow all business processes and procedures designed to protect them from fraud. Below are some key actions for all organisations during the corona virus pandemic and other periods of instability:
- Maintain effective governance and financial management and oversight. Periodically remind staff that, despite the instability, the organisation continues to implement and require compliance with internal controls.
- Maintain strong internal controls and retain and implement clear policies and procedures. Provide further training on these policies and procedures where required.
- Maintain and promote strong anti-fraud controls. Review internal control risk assessments and fraud risk assessments. Ensure that staff know how to report suspected fraud.
- Undertake internal audits to monitor internal controls and segregation of duties to ensure they are operating effectively.
Cybercrime is an increasing risk to all business, including the education sector, and is a particularly vulnerable area in the current situation. We have published a guide on cybercrime and cyber security to help raise education providers’ awareness.
Further guidance on reducing fraud risks is also available.
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.